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Naked Lunch (1991)

 -  Drama | Fantasy  -  24 April 1992 (UK)
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After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.

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Not an adaptation of beat writer William S. Burrough's novel but a mix of biography and an interpretation of his drug- induced writing processes combined with elements of his work in this paranoid fantasy about Bill Lee, a writer who accidentally shoots his wife, whose typewriter transforms into a cockroach and who becomes involved in a mysterious plot in North African port called Interzone. Wonderfully bizarre, not unlike Burrough's books. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The book was banned. The film should never have been made. Too late. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy

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Rated R for heavy drug content, bizarre eroticism, and language | See all certifications »

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24 April 1992 (UK)  »

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David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,541,541 (USA)
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An entire desert was recreated on a Toronto soundstage by pouring 700 tons of sand onto the floor of a former munitions factory. See more »

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[first lines]
Bill Lee: Exterminator.
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Bugpowder
Composed by Ornette Coleman
Performed by The Ornette Coleman Trio
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10 November 2005 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

I find it difficult to comment this movie, honestly. Without revealing anything, that is. This applies to comments only,as the evaluation would mostobviously be 10/10. You see, having read in one of the other comments here, that the movie contained an implication on heroin addiction, I expected to find something similar to "Requiem to a Dream"

  • a movie that leaves one single message and a bouquet of associated


feelings in a viewer, with the message being DRUGS ARE BAD, in big friendly letters. I was wrong.

I guess those who enjoy psychedelic music will understand what I want to say better - this movie has a high. Not literally of course, but it does leave you in a different world, with lots of ideas, without any definite beginning or end. It is very, very weird, in the most positive, awesome meaning of the word. Definitely not another conformist movie with a moralistic message behind it. Which is a good thing, really, because we don't get a lot of that nowadays, and 1991 isn't that far away....

The only thing about it is that you either love it or hate it. Nothing in between.

I find it quite impossible to add anything without revealing the plot. Therefore the only thing I'm going to say is: watch it! Not the best movie in the world, but most certainly the strangest one, at least from my point of view.


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